The study was published in Tuesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. has reached a plateau. The research team found that 2.41% of U.S. kids and teens had a form of autism between 2014 and 2016. The prevalence for boys over the three-year period was 3.54%, compared with 1.22% for girls. The 1.78% prevalence among Latino children was significantly lower than for non-Latino blacks (2.36%) or for non-Latino whites (2.71%). The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders was 2.21% in the South, 2.24% in the West, 2.47% in the Midwest and 3.05% in the Northeast. However, researchers could not identify why it was leveling off.
This leveling of Autism is good news. Let’s wait and see.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
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